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Nonprofit workshop: Quick Year-End Fundraising

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Nonprofit workshop:
Quick Year-End Fundraising

Thursday, November 12
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans 


The end of the year is the busiest time for charitable giving!
Did it sneak up on you?  
Are you ready to raise the most money for your nonprofit in all of 2015?

The clock is ticking!  Don't miss this hands-on workshop, which offers simple tools you can use to raise funds during these essential last weeks of the year. Our November workshop, Quick End-of-Year Fundraising will set you up for success.

Click here to register

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation after completing the workshop.

Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

 Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.  For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit

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Smaller nonprofits: Join us for an author webinar about raising major gifts in only five hours per week

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, November 02, 2015

Have you asked yourself this question: “Can we run a successful major gifts effort when we’re so much smaller?”


Amy Eisenstein, author of Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, can help with the nuts and bolts of a major gift program working only five hours per week.


Find answers to these questions and more:

  • Why should you raise major gifts for your annual fund?
  • How do you set up your nonprofit's culture to encourage major gifts from board members and donors?
  • How do you target specific prospects from whom to solicit major gifts?
  • How do you meet, cultivate and ask your prospects?
  • How do you steward donors to give increasing amounts and major gifts?

Join us!


Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and principal and owner of Tri Point Fundraising Amy Eisenstein on Thursday, November 19, at 11:00 Central Time for an exclusive author webinar. You can ask your own questions!


LANO Members: Registration is FREE thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. (Simply log in using your email address on file with LANO and “Password1”.)


Not a LANO Member? Guests welcome! Register here.


Download this book summary and other titles!


Thanks to the Foundation, you can download a free Page to Practice™ summary of Amy Eisenstein’s book and other titles for free!


Simply log in at CausePlanet’s home page ( and enter your registered email with LANO and “Password1”. Click on “Summary Library” to see Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops and other titles.


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Scene Rouge - A New Baton Rouge Young Professionals Networking Circle

Posted By Jessica Ottaviano, Arts Council Of Greater Baton Rouge, Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is excited to announce its newest membership circle - Scene Rouge! Young professionals and newcomers to Louisiana's capital city are invited to become members at a $35 level, giving them access to discounted tickets for music, dance, theater, and visual arts events around Baton Rouge each month. Participating organizations for the 2015-16 season include - 


Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Paquito D'Rivera

Nov. 10, 2015, 7:30pm 

Baton Rouge Gallery


Nov. 13, 2015, 7pm 


Manship Theatre
Dec. 7, 2015, 7:30pm
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
The Nutcracker
Dec. 20, 2015, 6pm


Louisiana Sinfonietta
Bach, Schubert, Eccles, Faure, local talent
Feb. 21, 2016, 2pm
Theatre Baton Rouge
Into the Woods
Mar. 10, 2016, 7:30pm
Swine Palace
Vieux Carre
Apr. 21, 2016, 7:30pm
New Venture Theatre


An exclusive social component will accompany each event, such as a pre-concert reception available just for Scene Rouge members, giving those individuals an opportunity to network with like-minded peers. A dual mission of Scene Rouge is to support the wonderful work of arts organizations in Baton Rouge, helping them to grow a population of new, young patrons. 

For more information on Scene Rouge, contact Arts Council Development Director Jessica Ottaviano -, (225)344-8558 - and visit to join! 

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Tags:  art  Baton Rouge  capital city  networking  young professionals 

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2015 Nonprofit Employee Engagement & Retention Report

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Monday, October 26, 2015

2015 Nonprofit Employee Engagement & Retention Report
A Survey of Nonprofit Executives, Supervisors and Staff

Is your nonprofit savvy to what truly drives an employee's day-to-day happiness? How about which factors tend to push employees out the door?

UST decided to uncover the truth about what really motivates nonprofit employees and why—by surveying more than 1,300 individuals that work in the nonprofit sector.

In this report, you'll learn about employment trends as well as the leading variables that influence turnover, including culture, leadership and compensation.

Download the report and find out:

  • What factors are contributing to turnover / retention
  • What drives employee engagement or non-engagement
  • Which new approaches you can apply at your nonprofit

Make sure you're in-the-know about what keeps employees satisfied, and how you can implement impactful engagement and retention strategies. Download your complimentary copy today.

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American Advertising Federation-Baton Rouge Media & Creative Services Auction

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Monday, October 26, 2015

You are receiving a special invitation to attend this year's event as a premier bidder. Local media outlets, creative agencies, video production houses, printers and more have donated over $100,000 worth of media and creative services to the American Advertising Federation of Baton Rouge. This is an incredible opportunity to get outstanding deals on media and advertising industry-related services. Check out the deals in the attached PDF Bid Book.


Space is limited, so please RSVP early to ensure your spot.

This is the city’s only fundraiser of its kind. Monies raised go to support AAF-BR's student scholarship program, annual spring student conference, our annual Campaign for the Community that provides pro-bono creative services for a local nonprofit, our speaker series and professional development workshops for our members.

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LANO members: Get a Jump on Steve Zimmerman's Keynote: Free Book Summary on The Sustainability Mindset

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, October 19, 2015

Don’t forget to download the free summary of keynote speaker Steve Zimmerman’s new book on financial sustainability before the conference this week. Get a jump start on his ideas with a CausePlanet Page to Practice summary of The Sustainability Mindset, coauthored with Jeanne Bell. This book expands the ideas in his earlier book, Nonprofit Sustainability, by showing you how to:


·      Focus on financials and impact

·      Create and analyze your matrix map

·      Assess your impact

·      Determine your profitability

·      Define your programs


Members can download this free summary and others in 3 simple steps:


1.     Visit

2.     Click on “Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and “Password1”.

3.     Click on “Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.


Questions? Email us at


Steve Zimmerman’s and other summaries are available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.


Tags:  author webinar  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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Posted By Kali Johnson, Exempt Me Now, Friday, October 09, 2015

In less than 30 days, an engaging group of individuals will gather in Baton Rouge to co-identify ideas and co-create untapped responses to our daily work of impacting low-income communities. 

Here are 3 reasons you should be a part of the conversation: 


1. Doug Rauch- The Daily Table 

The man who helped grow Trader Joe's from a small South California chain, to a national retail success has begun a new venture, The Daily Table. Doug Rauch is bridging the gap between hunger and food waste, and on October 30th, we're giving you lessons from the table through a live one-on-one interview. Here’s a sneak peak of his work.


2. Dr. Leonard Moore- International Speaker and Urban Change Agent 

Our guest speaker, Dr. Leonard N. Moore of UT Austin will lead us in a challenging, yet engaging discussion around the often unrecognized wealth of the communities we serve.

Dr. Moore is a well- sought after orator well-known for igniting a crowd through his thought-provoking delivery. Take a look at his profile here.     

3. Change the Way you Work

Quite candidly, we believe your experience at Social Innovation Summit 6 will change the way you think, operate and innovate. 


So, gather members of your staff and register here for this invaluable opportunity.

For more information on Social Innovation Summit 6 visit or call 225.330.4924.

Tags:  collective impact  community  community development  community leaders  impact  low-income  nonprofit  social innovation  underserved  urban  wealth 

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2015 Women in Dance Leadership Conference

Posted By Emilie E. Bowman, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, October 07, 2015

2015 Women in Dance Leadership Conference

October 29, 2015 – November 1, 2015


The Women in Dance Leadership’s mission is to investigate, explore, and reflect on women’s leadership by representing innovative and multicultural dance work to celebrate, develop, and promote women’s leadership in dance making, dance related fields, and other male dominated professions.

Inspired by the unique circumstances of having women in leadership in the dance community in Baton Rouge, LA, this biannual festival will investigate, explore, and reflect on women’s leadership by inviting world-renowned dance makers/ artists /scholars /directors to Baton Rouge for a 4-day festival from October 29th – November 1st, 2015. The event will feature keynote speakers, master classes, process sessions, film screening, performances, and discussion panels that will include LANO’s own President and CEO Kelly Pepper. This festival will identify Baton Rouge as a viable location for national conferences in women’s leadership development, serve to promote women’s leadership development, and as a catalyst for cultivation of an ongoing dialogue within all performing arts communities in the U.S. For additional information on the Women in Leadership conference and to register please visit,

Keynote and Guest Honorary Speakers:

Dr. Susan Foster


Dr. Foster is a Choreographer, dancer, and writer, who began presenting concerts of her own work in 1977. Since that time she has created several solo concerts which she has toured in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is the author of Reading Dancing (University of California Press, 1986), Choreography and Narrative (Indiana University Press, 1996) and Dances That Describe Themselves: The Improvised Choreography of Richard Bull (Wesleyan University Press, 2003). She is also editor of Choreographing History (Indiana, 1995) and Corporealities (Routledge, 1996).

Dr. Ann Dils



Ann Dils, PhD, is a dance historian with strong interests in movement analysis, feminist research methods, and cultural studies. The current chair of the Department of Dance at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Dils has chaired the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC Greensboro and served as president of the Congress on Research in Dance and editor of Dance Research Journal. She is co-director of Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy, an online resource for the study of dance history, and co-edited the collections Dance, Place, and Identity (2008) and Moving History/ Dancing Cultures (2001).

Karole Armitage




Karole Armitage is the Artistic Director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance Company founded in 2004. She was rigorously trained in classical ballet and began her professional career as a member of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland (1973-1975), a company devoted exclusively to the repertory of George Balanchine. In 1976, she was invited to join Merce Cunningham’s company, where she remained for five years, (1975-1981) performing leading roles in Cunningham’s landmark works. Through her unique and acute knowledge of the aesthetic values of Balanchine and Cunningham, Armitage has created her own “voice” in the dichotomy of classical and modern dance, and is seen by some critics as the true choreographic heir to the two masters of 20th century American dance.

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Volunteer Louisiana hosts 2015 Listening Tour

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Volunteer Louisiana is hosting a series of conversations about the capacity of volunteering across Louisiana. Your comments will be used to develop a three-year plan to guide us in designing programs and services that help communities and organizations engage citizens for greater impact.


In addition to collecting your comments, we will also present resources to assist your organization such as prospective partners, an overview of National Service programs, and possible funding. Your participation in the 2015 Listening Tour is key to helping shape the services and support that the State Commission will provide nonprofits to build capacity.


This year’s dates are:

  • October 13, Lake Charles City Hall
  • October 14, Marksville, LA
  • October 15, Winnsboro Branch, Franklin Parish Library
  • October 26, St. Landry Parish Government Community Service Building (Opelousas)
  • October 27, Morehouse Parish Visitors Center (Bastrop)
  • October 28, Bossier City
  • November 2, Houma, Houma Branch Parish Library
  • November 3, St. Tammany, Causeway Branch Parish Library
  • TBD, Ascension Parish

Registration is free and can be made via Eventbrite at Please feel free to distribute this email and flyer to any nonprofit, local officials, schools, etc. that you work with.


We will begin each listening stop with an overview of National Service programs as well as the training and funding opportunities currently available through the Commission. Afterward, we will facilitate a group discussion about the state of volunteerism in your community, the challenges your community and organization face and the impact that has been achieved. Please support this opportunity by attending and inviting other nonprofits to participate.


The state Service Commission’s mission is to assist nonprofits in building and sustaining high quality programs that meet the needs of Louisiana’s citizens while promoting an ethic of service and to serve as a strong foundation for national service and volunteerism in the state. Now more than ever, national service programs, in conjunction with volunteer efforts, have an important role to play in our daily lives. Strong partnerships are not only more efficient but absolutely necessary to meet community needs when recovering from a disaster, or meeting the ongoing day-to-day needs of Louisiana’s communities.

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The Trap of the Buzzword

Posted By Katherine Robinson, EMH Strategy, Monday, October 05, 2015

One of the biggest challenges facing non-profit organizations today is the dichotomy between crafting a catchy pitch and running an impactful, multifaceted program.  Mission-driven organizations are typically trying to solve complex problems that require in-depth, specialized knowledge to address, but they need to be able to pitch their models to funders, partners, and the public in a succinct, digestible way.  Additionally, funders often organize their grants into specific categories, such as education, arts, or health, expecting non-profits to fit into one unambiguous box.  In reality, most successful organizations realize that issue areas are interrelated and build programs that are more holistic in nature.  Despite their multifaceted value propositions, non-profits are still expected to speak about their cause or mission in a way that is short, punchy, and on trend.  This oversimplification can seep in messaging, operations, and impact. This is the trap of the buzzword.


Because so much of what non-profits do is communicated through social media and grant requirements are very specific, non-profits often abbreviate their messaging to focus on a few popular key words.  Jordan Levy, the Chief External Relations Officer for the Ubuntu Education Fund, recently wrote an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review stating that “to fundraise effectively, nonprofits come up with accessible, digestible, emotive concepts that resonate with those who work outside the sector.”  At first glance this is seems like a great idea–the general public will become more aware of pressing issues and will (hopefully) be encouraged to donate or volunteer in support of the cause.  Some popular phrases are “youth leadership development,” and “community resource center.”  At first blush, these sound like great models that have the power to impact society positively.  But what do they mean?  And how do non-profits actually deliver these programs? 


So non-profits are trapped.  Buzzwords are important for getting funding and building awareness, but they also oversimplify issues and lead to mission creep.  So how do non-profits avoid the trap of the buzzword?  Showing how and why is the solution to the trap of the buzzword. 


How to sell your organization’s true impact


There are a number of tools that go beyond the mission and pitch to distill both the impact an organization is making on its target population and the process it is using to do so.  Some of the most popular tools for showing how a non-profit works are theories of change and logic models.  These tools are used to map out the work that a non-profit does in a way that is digestible, but is more reflective of the big picture, which includes the large-scale problems being addressed and the long-term vision for the organization.  Recently, EMH was engaged by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to help them develop a new program.  We built a logic model as the “recipe” for the program to show funders, board members, potential partners, and other key stakeholders the what, how, and why of the program’s impact.  When distilled from a logic model, the short, catchy verbiage of what an organization does is more accurate and can be backed up with the how, the why, and the relevant metrics. Despite their funding challenges, the youth leadership development organization I mentioned earlier is committed to serving their youth in a formalized and comprehensive way.  We are working with the organization to build out a theory of change and logic models so that funders better understand how and why the case manager will be beneficial to the organization’s other work.  Hopefully, these tools will help the organization be funded for a case manager in the near future. 


Building a solid foundation like this can prevent your organization from succumbing to the trap of the buzzword, especially when you back it up with impact metrics, which we discussed a few months ago.  Good impact metrics track back to the problems the organization is trying to solve and are directly related to the activities performed by the organization.  Any time you can back up the results of your programs with data, your organization will be more credible—and more attractive to funders.  Once the impact of a non-profit is designed and tracked, catchy phrases, infographics, and other ways to make the story of the organization more palatable can be employed in ways that are powerful and accurate, rather than clichéd buzzwords. 


In reality, most non-profits are solving a multitude of complex problems in a targeted way within a multifaceted landscape.  Funders need to understand the myriad of factors that affect the non-profit’s work, rather than focusing on a series of compelling buzzwords.  And, as mission-driven organizations are compelled to distill their message into buzzwords, it is important that they do so in a way that accurately reflects what they do–with the logic and strategy behind them.  EMH has worked with a number of non-profit organizations including Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans and Café Reconcile.  We work with non-profits to help them build effective programs, analyze and understand their impact, and refine their value proposition in a way that avoids the trap of the buzzword.  If you’d like to learn more about our work with non-profit organizations, view our case studies or contact us.  To view the original post and others, visit EMH's blog.

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